Pet Sitting Vs Boarding
For many years Privileged Pets offered boarding as well as pet sitting; however, as many of you know, we closed out boarding facility down in November of 2016. After 16 years, we chose to continue only with our pet sitting in your home, seeing a greater need for this service, which we established 1995.
PROS of Pet Sitting
This method of pet watching involves hiring a professional “pet sitter” to keep a close eye on your cat or dog from the safety and comfort of your home. Selecting a trustworthy sitter is essential.
Your pet can keep his or her routine. Especially if you own a puppy or kitten, sticking to a bathroom and feeding regimen is essential.
Kennels can harbor highly contagious illnesses like kennel cough, intestinal parasites, and distemper. When your pet remains in the safety of their own home, exposure to these diseases is minimal.
If you have a pet with special dietary or medical needs, the caretaker can administer medications.
Pets are given special attention and playtime with pet sitters; things that kennels charge extra for.
Pet sitters can also bring in mail, water plants, and turn lights on/off to deter burglars while you’re away.
Daily contact and updates.
Vet transport for well checks or follow up from surgeries.
Qualified back up in the event of an illness for the designated sitter.
Insured and bonded, Vet recommended.
We come to you... You don't have to deliver your pet to a facility when you're trying to pack and organize for a trip.
Pet is home when you get home
CONS of Kennels/ Boarding
Contagious diseases, like kennel cough, distemper, giardiasis, and coccidiosis are found in kennels. The cramped conditions make it simple for viruses and parasites to travel with ease among dogs and cats. Puppies and kittens especially should avoid being boarded as their immune systems are very susceptible to picking up these illnesses.
Since there’s so many animals in one place, the staff can’t give each pet special attention. Extra playtime or walk sessions must be purchased in addition to boarding fees. The kennel will perform feedings, bathroom breaks, and walks according to their schedule, not yours. Particularly with puppies, sticking to a schedule is important, so boarding a young animal is not recommended.
The bottom line is this: while pet sitters offer higher quality care, depending on the amount of pets you have can work out less expensive than boarding; kennels at times are cheaper but can expose your dog to contagious illnesses and ruin their routines. By choosing Privileged Pets we meet your dog or cat’s needs and your own budget. Pet parents with young animals, seniors, or those with special medical needs should consider pet sitters in order to keep them on a strict regimen.